Mark Lanegan Reveals Why Kurt Cobain EP Was ‘Shelved’

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Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan discussed collaborating with Kurt Cobain in a new interview with Marc Maron. Alternative Nation transcribed Lanegan’s comments.

“I did, that’s how I actually started making solo records. Kurt and I were friends, and we decided to try and make an EP of Leadbelly covers, Leadbelly being someone that we both liked a lot. We were sitting around listening to him one day and thought: ‘Hey, we should do a record of this stuff.’

Sub Pop agreed to put it out, and we booked some time in the studio. About an hour into the first day in the studio, we kind of looked at each other and thought, ‘Uh, maybe this was a half baked idea.’ So we finished one or two songs, and just decided to shelve it.”

He added, “[‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’ is] the song that we did together, which ended up being on my first solo record. That one, and one other one, I can’t remember what it was called, but that was the one where we were like, ‘Hey, this one is good.’

After we told Sub Pop we weren’t going to finish making this thing, they said to me, ‘Why don’t you make a solo record?’ That was the catalyst for me learning how to play guitar and wrote some songs, it was because of that.”

Mark Lanegan just released his latest album Gargoyle. Watch the new “Beehive” video below.